Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons
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2017 WASH Member Show Information
Important Reminder: Receiving for the 2017 WASH Member Show is on:
March 24 from 1-5pm and
WASH Meeting and Demonstration
Meeting and Demonstration on April 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm
“Watercolor is different than any other art medium,” says Yevgenia Watts, our April WASH demo artist. “It’s about letting go. It’s about trusting in yourself to go where the water takes you. When you can immerse in the loose colors on the page, that,” she says, “is like finding the holy grail. Every time.” Her florals and still lifes demonstrate a bold use of color, with a tendency toward the abstract.
Yevgenia is a Sacramento artist who studied art in the Ukraine before coming to America. She earns a living as an architect, but spends time in plein air sketching as well as studio work.
We’ve asked Yevgenia to help us understand how to take advantage of the characteristics of watercolor on Yupo, a plastic surface that produces both brilliant colors, but defies an artist’s attempts at control. "I like to push my own boundaries," she explains. "I really like the way watercolor behaves like a living thing: it floats, it blooms, it has a mind of its own and it constantly surprises me."
Her artworks can be found in private and public collections around the world, from New York to Paris. A member of WASH, Yevgenia has won awards for her watercolors in the Sacramento area and across California. She accepts commissions for impressionistic watercolor portraits. Her work was featured in the book, The Art of the Crayon (Quarry Books, 2016). Yevgenia was Blick’s Featured Artist in June 2012. Her work may be viewed at www.yevgeniawatts.com.
WASH meets on the second Monday of the month except July and August. Meeting times alternate between evening and afternoon. Odd months meet at 1:30PM and even months meet at 7PM. All meetings are held at Sacramento Fine Arts Center. For information about our future demonstrators, please click the Monthly Demonstrations and Critiques button in the left menu bar.
2017 WASH Workshops
September 10th Workshop
This year, WASH has scheduled a third workshop for our membership. We are fortunate to have Ronnie Rector presenting her “ Watercolor with Batik on Rice Paper” workshop . Ronnie has won numerous awards in regional art competitions. Her watercolors capture intricate architectural details, playful animals, and engaging street scenes. She has developed a striking method of combining watercolor with batik on rice paper and will share that in our September workshop.
$60.00 WASH members/ $70.00 nonmembers
Please contact the WASH Workshop Chair, Sue Davis for more information at 916-359-7691 or email@example.com.
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WASH Scholarship Information
WASH Scholarship applications for 2017 are due by April 5, 2017. The application is available at the following link. WASH Scholarship Application
2016 WASH Scholarship Award
WASH is proud to recognize Brandon Lim as its 2016 Scholarship winner. His application exemplified what we were looking for as a candidate for this scholarship. He is currently a senior at Davis Senior High and participated in the DaVinci Charter Academy. His letters of recommendation stated that he is one of the most talented students they have encountered. They also referenced his interest in continuing on with the study of art. They consider him a very serious student who is willing to take every opportunity to further his skills and techniques.
As a service to the art community, he has been active in the “Teens Take Charge” program where he has worked with public artists and other students to organize a summer arts festival that culminated in a sculpture for the community. In addition, he earned 2nd place in a congressional art show with his piece chosen to hang in John Garamendi’s office for the school year. His self portrait was chosen to be included in the Crocker Museum High School Self-Portrait show. He has had this honor two years in a row. He was also accepted to participate in the California Summer School for the Arts in Santa Clarita.
Brandon is planning to continue his education at OTIS, College of Art and Design, in Westchestor, CA, with an intended major of Illustration. In his artist statement, Brandon indicated that he has worked in a variety of media but prefers to work with watercolor. He states that watercolor does not compare with oils or pencil where you can paint over and erase. “Once you paint with watercolor; it cannot be undone. It is like working with magic. When your brush comes into contact; many variables affect each stroke. The unprecedented volume of water and amount of pigment all take into effect. This is what excites me to make art.” He wants to be able to help other aspiring artists with a passion to create. He wants his community to see and not only visualize; but to also internalize and interpret the emotions he has put into his pieces.
Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons membership is open to active artists who are devoted to the watercolor medium and work to promote an atmosphere of inspiration, encouragement and creative growth through understanding. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month except July and August, and provide lectures, demonstrations, workshops, paintouts, critiques for members and visits to artist's studios. Annual scholarships are presented by WASH to worthy high school art students. WASH sponsors two annual major exhibitions, one exclusively for members and the other open to all watercolorists as well as other exhibits throughout the year.
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